Toppling Goliath

expands east

DECORAH — Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. of Decorah and Atlantic Beverage Distributors have partnered for exclusive distribution of the Toppling Goliath portfolio in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Starting Feb. 23, the Toppling Goliath core brands will be available in limited quantities to top off-premise accounts – Dorothy’s New World Lager, Pseudo Sue Pale Ale, Golden Nugget IPA, Pompeii IPA and King Sue Double IPA. Special events will be announced with top on-premise accounts starting Feb. 23-27. All of these releases will be made available in the two states.

Toppling Goliath now distributes into 12 states and has just finished construction of a 100-barrel brewery and two-story taproom in Decorah.

Bus provider

wins award

WATERLOO — The Waterloo division of Durham School Services, the bus company that contracts with Waterloo Schools, has earned Durham’s 2017 Living Our Values Everyday Safety Award.

The team reduced incidents of speeding and implemented a new safety technology, DriveCam.

Nashua seeks

grant support

NASHUA — The Nashua-Plainfield School District is seeking help to grow programs in science and math.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives rural public school districts the opportunity to compete for grants of $10,000 or $25,000 for crucial science and math programs. Eligible farmers can nominate local public school districts for a grant. The district is seeking people to nominate them for a $10,000 grant.

A grant would be used to construct an outdoor A-frame greenhouse to expand the Plant Science class. This, in turn, would allow the students to host an annual plant sale fundraiser.

Grant applications are judged based on merit, need and community support. For more information, and to nominate the Nashua-Plainfield School District, go Farmer nominations are due April 2.

Farm meeting

slated in Nashua

NASHUA — The Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association annual meeting and education program will be 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm.

The three speakers are Melissa O’Rourke, farm and agribusiness management specialist, who will speak on the importance of farm succession planning; Alejandro Plastina, extension ag economist, who will speak on current financial situations for ag producers; and Ken Pecinovsky, farm superintendent, who will speak on a summary of the 2017 farm research trials.

The farm is located at 3327 290th St., west of Nashua.

First Citizens

donate funds

OSAGE — The employees of First Citizens Bank in Osage have donated $3,008 to the Mitchell County Food Bank. Of those funds, $750 came from First Citizens Bank itself, while the remaining came from employees through payroll deductions and jeans days in 2017.

First Citizens staff in Osage presented the check to Leo Chisholm, the director of the Mitchell County Food Bank.

Leader series set

in Elma, Riceville

ELMA — The communities of Elma and Riceville are partnering to offer a fivepart leadership series starting March 7. National speaker and Iowa-based company trainer Celina Peerman, Ph.D., will lead the sessions from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 7, 14, 21, and April 4 and 11 with the program alternating between Elma and Riceville. A meal at 5 p.m. will be available for participants.

The 10-hour series breaks out into two-hour sections covering topics like communication, multiple generations, difficult behavior, managing change and creative positive workplaces.

The program is being coordinated by The BRIDGE Organization and RAD (Elma and Riceville’s community economic and betterment organizations) and is made possible with donations from Elma Area Community Foundation, Hanson Foundation/Iowa Select, Howard County Community Foundation, Shop on State and MiEnergy.

Register by March 1. For more information, go to or call Erin Ludwig at (641) 330-5406 or e-mail Laura Zenner at